Three Walnut Creek restaurants are among the seven in the East Bay suburbs to merit mention in the Michelin Guide's Bay Area and Wine Country guide.
Those restaurants are Prima, Va De Vi, and Walnut Creek Yacht Club, according to a Diablo magazine blog. The others in our suburban area are in Lafayette: Artisan Bistro, Chevalier, Kopitiam, and Metro Lafayette.
This is the first year that suburban restaurants, east of the Caldecott Tunnel, received a mention. The version last year included selections from Berkeley and Oakland, but ignored suburbia.
While restaurants around the world covet a Michelin mention, the choices it makes are often controversial. A December 2008 Diablo magazine story points out that when Michelin arrived in Northern California in 2006, "and handed out only a fistful of stars, the food world erupted in outrage. ... San Francisco Chronicle's powerful restaurant critic Michael Bauer was quoted as saying that 'the inspectors don't get the Bay Area food scene.' "